Allow 3 Colours Rule to be your Yves Saint Laurent personal stylist when looking for classic wardrobe staples that survive fleeting fads. As Coco Chanel put it, ‘fashion fades. Only style remains the same.’ Finding the right style is a bit like looking for love. You choose the one that’s made for you, and built to last. It is all too easy to fall victim to the latest fashion trend (gypsy skirts, anyone?) and there are few things more fun than looking at your fashion faux pas on girly nights in, but there comes a time in every woman’s life when she should leave the experimenting to the tweens and invest in some timeless classics. We’ve compiled a list of 10 iconic YSL wardrobe staples that will set your style status in stone.
1. SAINT LAURENT CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE JACKET IN BLACK LEATHER:
Is there anything more emblematic of effortless cool than a black leather jacket? It is the most versatile item in your wardrobe, and one which can be worn again and again without looking exhausted. Rock it with a black panama and cream maxi to give automatic edge to an outfit or dress it down with jeans and white tee for Saturday shopping. This might be a splurge, but it is definitely not an impending regret.
2. SAINT LAURENT CLASSIC PARIS 110 CHELSEA ANKLE BOOT IN RED LEATHER
Dorothy had her glitter-red slippers. We have our YSL Chelsea boots. These gorgeous ankle boots really bring an outfit home. In fact, we bet the phrase ‘sex on legs’ was actually coined after these beauties. They instantly make us feel fierce and feminine. Keep your outfit neutral and let these boots take centre stage.
3. CLASSIC MONOGRAM SAINT LAURENT TOTE BAG IN BLACK LEATHER
The iconic YSL monogram is synonymous with style and taste, and toting it around is a statement of exactly that. It is timeless, elegant and always reigns high in the style stakes. Plus, what better place to disguise your Primark buys?
4. SAINT LAURENT CLASSIC PARIS 105 ESCARPIN PUMP IN BLACK PATENT LEATHER
Style is as much about what you leave out as it is what you put in. There is a subtle minimalism to these pumps that emits style and class in spades. They work equally as well in the office as they do on evenings out. Take good care of these and they will take care of you in return for years to come.
5. SAINT LAURENT CLASSIC JANE ANKLE STRAP 110 SANDAL IN RED LEATHER
Dainty does not have to mean dowdy. These delicate ankle strap sandals are classic and refined, with their own brand of sexy. Like If Grace Kelly were a shoe…
6. SAINT LAURENT CROSS-OVER DRESS IN BLACK AND RED LIPS PRINTED SILK GEORGETTE
YSL is renowned for a classic, luxurious style, which is sometimes discarded as plain. This quirky dress has an element of fun that puts any criticisms for being boring to bed. The long sleeve is ideal for women who are self-conscious about exposing their arms and the silhouette beautifully accentuates the female form.
7. SAINT LAURENT ICONIC LE SMOKING JUMPSUIT IN BLACK LIGHTWEIGHT WOOL GABARDINE
As well as pioneering the first ready-to-wear designer collection, Saint Laurent is responsible for the first tuxedo tailor made for women. The Le Smoking Jumpsuit is a modern interpretation of the suit that made him famous. It’s a refreshing alternative to an evening dress, balancing a slick androgyny with feminine tailoring.
8. SAINT LAURENT CLASSIC MONOGRAM SAINT LAURENT CLUTCH IN LIPSTICK RED GRAIN DE POUDRE TEXTURED LEATHER
A dog may well be a man’s best friend, but ours is this YSL leather clutch. It goes literally everywhere with us. Women can spend a fortune switching from clutch to clutch, but this is one that demands your loyalty. It goes with everything, and the YSL monogram always makes the right impression.
9. SAINT LAURENT CLASSIC TRENCH COAT IN BLACK TECHNICAL GABARDINE
You can’t have a list of wardrobe staples without the inclusion of a classic trench. And this is an exceptional one. A good quality trench exudes professionalism, intelligence and style. In a lesser quality coat, the devil’s in the details, with poor stitching and cheaply manufactured buttons and fasteners that are close to breaking point. In other words, it’s well worth the investment.
10. SAINT LAURENT 15 SUNGLASSES IN BEIGE ACETATE AND BROWN SHADED LENSES
Yves Saint Laurent was famous for his jam jar glasses that kept him looking stylish into his 70’s. These gorgeous shades reference the designer’s signature specs while giving them a fresh feminine spin. Don’t let another Summer pass without these. Fashion Advice: Keep it outside! Wearing sunglasses inside is never chic.